Microsoft set to announce its first Windows Phone next week

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WANT TO SEE #MORELUMIA ?

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Microsoft has posted a teaser on Facebook which hints at a new Lumia announcement coming on November 11.

The post includes a close up of a front-facing camera and the date 11.11.2014. Along with the image, the Nokia Facebook page cryptically states the motto “Big on experiences” and the hashtag #MoreLumia’.

This might be the youth-oriented midranger that has leaked before with Microsoft Lumia branding. This one is supposed to sport a 5″ HD screen, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon chipset, 1 GB RAM, and a 5 MP camera. In any case, the date given is 11.11, so not much more to wait before all is revealed.

Furthermore, on Microsoft’s website it adds, “Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone”, suggesting that we’re in store for a mid-range device.

Be sure to remain tuned for the announcement next week.

Source: Conversations.

SAY HELLO TO MICROSOFT LUMIA

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Microsoft Branding

Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is “looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon,” and, Nokia’s existing phone websites and social network accounts will now be transitioned over to the Microsoft Lumia branding in the coming days. Microsoft has also revealed that it will use the company’s name on the front and rear of future Lumia devices in a simple replacement of the Nokia branding.

Microsoft Branding

While Lumia phones will drop the Nokia brand entirely, Microsoft still has a 10-year license to use the Nokia brand on basic phones. “Microsoft will continue to sell Nokia-branded, entry-level category of phones, such as the Nokia 130,” explains Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft. “We have licensed the Nokia brand for such devices.” It’s not clear how many of these types of devices Microsoft will continue to focus on. Microsoft is killing off the majority of Nokia’s feature phones in favor of Windows Phone, with only the very basic mobile phones still likely to be produced in future

SOURCE : – NOKIA CONVERSATION

Truecaller Launches Caller ID for Windows Phone 8

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Truecaller, which allows smartphone owners to see who is calling them, has been available for Windows Phone owners for some time. Today, a new update for the app has been released specifically for Windows Phone 8.1 users that adds real-time Caller ID features.

Truecaller claims they have the first Windows Phone app that provides live Caller ID features. It states, “Now, when Truecaller users are using a 3G or WiFi connection, live Caller ID will identify numbers from all over the world, even if it is beyond what is written in the user’s contact books. Not only will Truecaller show the names of incoming calls that are not in your phonebook, but it will also notify you if one of those calls is a spam call reported by the 85-million user Truecaller Community.”

Truecaller Say’s

“We linked up with Microsoft to bring a unique and special partnership providing Truecaller live Caller ID for our Truecaller Lumia users who have upgraded to the latest Windows Phone 8.1. Truecaller is the first app to bring a live Caller ID functionality to the Windows Phone 8 platform. Now, when Truecaller users are using a 3G or WiFi connection, live Caller ID will identify numbers from all over the world, even if it is beyond what is written in the user’s contact books.”

“We are very happy to be able to support Truecaller in bringing this great functionality globally to Windows Phone for the first time. Our partnership goes back several years and we have seen that Truecaller is a very dedicated company focused on delivering a great service for its users.”

Say’s Mikael Stendahl, Head of Partner & Developer Relations at Microsoft.

Truecaller worked in partnership with Microsoft to add this new feature in their app.

Windows Phone Lumia users who update the Truecaller app to the new 4.2 version by October 30 will also get 30 days of free Premium access.

Please note that it does require Windows Phone 8.1 to work, and it may be just for Lumia devices as it also needs the Network+ update.

 

SOURCE : – TRUECALLER BLOG

Activate Cortana alpha version in India, Canada, and Australia

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Earlier yesterday, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 started trickling for users who are on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. As the Windows Phone team at Microsoft shared a few days ago, the latest update brings Cortana to China and UK in beta and to India, Australia, and Canada in India.

This early adopter program for the latter is opt-in, and gives people the option to try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK. Let’s see how we can configure it for Windows Phone devices in these regions.

Steps to activate Cortana alpha version

Essentially, all you need to do is to change your speech settings to English US or UK. If any other permutation works, let us know in the comments.

If you’ve changed region or language settings previously to try out Cortana when it released for the US, revert to the original settings for your country. A restart maybe required if you change these settings. If you haven’t, confirm that the settings are in order.
Language: English (India)/English (Canada)/English (Australia)
Country/Region: India/Canada/Australia
If you’ve not made any changes before, you’d need to start here and just change your speech settings.
Speech: English (United Kingdom)/English (United States)/English (United Kingdom)
How do you know if it works? Tap the search button, and you’ll have Cortana greeting you rather than the vanilla Bing screen. The top right corner will inform you that it’s an alpha version, so things might be awry or some features may not be available. Microsoft would be learning from the user behavior to improve the experience as the product evolves.

 

Note

You can turn Cortana off at any time. Open Cortana’s NotebookCortana's Notebook icon > Settings, turn Cortana Off Toggle off icon, then restart your phone.

BBM Beta now available for Windows Phone.

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Blackberry rolls out BBM for Windows Phone, retains the native user experience and modern design of the Windows UI.

BlackBerry has now made its BlackBerry Messenger available for all users on the Windows phone platform. The messaging app is open to Windows Phone 8 and higher.Blackberry had unveiled BBM for Windows Phone last month, stating that the app was open for testing and user feedback. The Canadian handset maker added that the release focused more on Chats, Contacts and Feeds within the app, but will be adding more features in future updates. You can download BBM for Windows Phone from Windows Phone store.

Source: BlackBerry

Microsoft’s Live Lock Screen app now available for Windows Phone 8.1

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It was teased at Build 2014 and is now finally available. Windows Phone 8.1 users can now download the Live Lock Screen BETA app to spruce up their Lock screens.

Live Lock Screen

One of the coolest features that was shown off at Build 2014 for Windows Phone 8.1, besides Cortana, was the lock-screen app that allows you to change up the lock-screen animation on your phone. Today, we are happy to report that the app is finally available for download.

The app will give Windows Phone users one more layer of customization and truly make your device personal. Microsoft has always said that Windows Phone is the most personal device on the market, and this app is one more addition to prove their point.

You can download the app from the source link below, but know that the app is still in beta, so there may be a few bugs here and there. Additionally, users are reporting that the app is working on phones with 512MB of RAM even though Microsoft said that it would require 1 GB of RAM.

If you do download the app, let us know your experience with it. For us, we are noticing a slight delay between the unlock and getting access to our start screen. Hopefully this delay will be worked-out once the app leaves the beta stage.

From the app’s description:

“Want to truly personalize your lock screen? Live lock screen app lets you choose from 6 new lock screen layouts to add a distinctive touch to your Windows Phone. Each layout has a revamped design for the time, date, and notifications, as well as a unique unlock animation. You can also cycle through multiple background images throughout the day to keep your lock screen fresh—or just get the latest incredible image from Bing every morning.”

Download: Lock Screen App

Live Lock Screen QR

Lock screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 almost ready for public beta

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During the Microsoft Build 2014 conference in May, one of the hidden features of Windows Phone 8.1 announced is the Lock screen app, made in partnership with developer Rudy Huyn. The secret project was kept at the highest levels as many on the Windows Phone team were even unaware of its existence. The question though for many is When can we have it?

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to Twitter today to alleviate concerns. The Lock screen app (yes, it is a separate download, not built into the OS) is evidently nearing completion, at least far enough along to earn beta status.

From Belfiore’s Tweet:

“Lockscreen app- sorry for being quiet. The beta (English, 1gb+) is ALMOST here, perhaps a week. We hit a few snags &
added a feature.”

“New lock screen app– probably a couple weeks as beta for 1GB devices. A bunch of us are running it now, working on polish. dev-preview next” tweeted Blefiore.

Do you like these lock screens and what more do you expect in the app? Do let me know by posting your answers in the comments

Nokia Lumia 630 – India launch

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Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone 8.1-based smartphone and will be available from 16th May. The single-SIM variant will be launched later this month.

Nokia is on a roll and is already out with its new Windows Phone 8.1-based smartphone – the Nokia Lumia 630. After launching Nokia XL last week, the company has just announced the Lumia 630 in India

The Lumia 630 will be the first smartphone to feature Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Nokia is planning to launch the dual-SIM version of the Lumia 630 on 16th May. The single SIM variant of the phone will be launched later this month.

The pricing of both the variants has also been announced. The single-SIM variant will cost Rs 10,500 while the dual-SIM version will be available for Rs 11,500.

Lumia 630 features a 4.5-inch display with FWVGA (854×480) resolution, a 5MP camera and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable via a memory card slot. It will feature 512MB of RAM. The smartphone is powered by a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz. The battery capacity of the phone is 1830mAh. The display features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection with Lumia color profile and wide viewing angles. Nokia has used its ClearBlack display technology on Lumia 630’s display which is an IPS LCD screen.

The all-new Lumia 630 will have the latest Windows Phone features like the Cortana search assistant and the Universal Windows apps. India is among the first few countries where the smartphone has been announced.

Nokia unveils the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 smartphones

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At Build 2014 conference, Microsoft made a slew of software and hardware announcements – including the budget Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 smartphones.

Nokia has built a significant part of its business in recent times on lower-end feature- and smartphones, particularly aimed at emerging markets. And taking to the stage in San Francisco, Stephen Elop unveiled the two latest ‘affordable’ Lumia devices, before revealing that these two would in fact be the first devices to get Windows Phone 8.1, the much anticipated update to its mobile OS that was announced shortly before.

The 635 incarnation features 4G LTE, while the 630 will sport a 3G single-SIM version and a 3G dual-SIM variant – both will come with quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processors, 4.5″ Clear Black screens, and be available in five colors with changeable shells. The 630 (single SIM) will cost $159, 630 (dual-SIM) will set you back $169, while the 635 will weigh in at $189.

The 630 and 635 will be available from May starting in Asia, and will be gradually rolled out to other regions over the next couple of months.