According to Spanish-language site Microsoft Place, the company is in the process of developing an app called People Sense, which looks to deeply integrate Bing Maps with messaging and calling features.
Currently in the development stage, People Sense, codenamed Buddy Aware will allow you to share your location in real time with contacts stored on your agenda. The basic concept is familiar if you’ve seen Apple’s Find My Friends, but there’s a stronger emphasis on reaching out — you can call or message contacts in-app, and even get directions if you’d like to meet face to face.
In addition to providing real-time location info for the people you follow, it will give detailed directions to contacts’ locations and also have calling and messaging baked right in. By the looks of it, the only thing it lacks is notifications for when friends are nearby, though more features might be on the way.
The features included are:
Share your location in real time with your contacts.
Integrated messaging and calling application.
Integration with navigation applications step by step drawing paths to your contacts.
Integration with your favorite places to show like “home” or “work”
New features to be added before leaving the store
The application is currently not available in the store . You must wait a little longer to enjoy it.
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.
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.
Nokia Refocus now supports all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Nokia Refocus now available for Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8
Nokia Refocus which was initially available for Lumia Pureview smartphones only, has now been launched for all Lumia smartphones, including Lumia 520. The software was launched in November last year and allows users to take a photo and change its focus at a later date.
According to Jens Eggert, Nokia’s Lead Program Manager for Refocus, the apps release for all Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices is meant to show users that their Lumia devices can get better every day.
“Initially available for anyone with a Lumia PureView smartphone, from today the latest Refocus update will allow all Lumia owners sporting Windows Phone 8 to have a piece of the varifocal action,” a recent post on Nokia Conversations reads.
“As we have seen with the great imaging apps like Nokia Camera before, lots of people have been asking for it and we responded. You spoke, we listened. Now anyone that owns a Lumia can enjoy the power and creativity of Nokia Refocus,” said Jens Eggret.
Facebook has released its Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone and now users can download it from the Windows Phone Store.
The Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone was announced last week at the Mobile World Congress 2014, held in Barcelona, Spain, by Joe Belfiore, Vice President of Windows Phone. The Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone comes with the same features as iOS and Android platforms but without any voice messaging options.
The app lets you send photos privately, share location with everyone, have group conversations and send stickers to friends. All your Facebook friends are automatically added to the ‘People’ tab and a user can import new contacts as well. Users are able to see, when people have seen their messages, which of their friends are using Messenger and who’s active on Facebook. Users can also turn off notifications when working or sleeping. The only feature missing is that the app has been released without any voice messaging options.
Instagram is one of the most anticipated apps on Windows Phone platform. If Nokia’s new teaser image is to believed, the wait for Instagram app on WP is going to be over pretty soon.
Nokia has tweeted an image of two Lumia 1020 smartphones, with one of them running Instagram for Windows Phone. Nokia, however, hasn’t provided any date of availability for the app, but just says it’s “coming soon”.
At the company’s recent Nokia World event, it confirmed some major apps including the likes of Instagram, Vine and Flipboard. Interestingly, Twitter recently inadvertently disclosed Vine’s availability in a blog post that intended to announce the availability of Twitter 3.0 for Windows Phone.
Like Vine, Instagram is certainly going to be a major boost to Windows Phone platform. The image sharing app for smartphone users has over 150 million users