If Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 device proves all that a bag of chocolate covered popcorn, perhaps it will give the Finnish phone maker some much needed momentum going into 2012. Nokia needs the Lumia 900 and subsequent smartphones to be successful. Sales were down 21 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter at Nokia, and its operating profit tipped into the negative side to the tune of 1.07 billion euros, or $1.4 billion.
It's not unusual for a high-end smartphone to command $300 on a subsidized contract, and there are certainly a great number of powerful devices priced at $200. Word on the Web is that Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 smartphone will run just $100 at AT&T with a two-year service agreement, and if that's true, kudos are in order for both Nokia and AT&T for such an aggressive launch.
The next time you're out battling the crowd at Wally World stocking up on toilet paper, cereal, and fish bait (hopefully for different purposes and not because of some weird fetish), you may decide to add a Windows Phone 7.5 device to your shopping cart. It's not exactly a tough sell when the mega retailer decides to give one away for free, like it's doing with Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone.
There are certain perks to working as a tech journalist: coffee is free and plentiful, trade shows are equal parts fun and frantic, and most of all, we get the chance to play with lots and lots of new toys. I’ve personally had the luck to be able to swap handsets pretty much bi-weekly for the last couple of months, and find it kind of a bummer that Windows Phone 7 hasn’t really been embraced as the solid mobile platform that it is (I said it’s a bummer, I didn’t say we didn’t see it coming).
Regardless of the numbers, WP7 is one of our favorite mobile platforms, outshining Android in almost every aspect. Don’t believe me? Well, allow me to try and change your mind.
When Microsoft announced the Windows Phone platform at Mobile World Congress, Xbox lovers had to be excited about the potential for integration between phone and console. Sadly, those aspirations for a unified gaming platform haven't reached the levels that many of us dream about, but Microsoft is making an effort to provide added value to customers who embrace the Microsoft ecosystem.
The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone provides a way for Xbox 360 owners to control their console and more efficiently browse music and video using their Windows Phone.
Many of us are past the Thanksgiving holiday and are fully in the middle of the post-Thanksgiving guilt trip. The turkey and various accoutrements have been consumed to the point of gluttony, and many of us are suffering through the adverse affect the Thanksgiving holiday has on our waistline. In the interest of assisting our readers return to their pre-holiday state of health, we're featuring OptumizeMe as our Windows Phone 7 App of the Week.
Even though Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday are behind us, the Christmas shopping season - and the retail madness it brings - marches steadily along. Frenzied bargain hunters and a multitude of confusing, competing offers can turn "the most wonderful time of the year" into a shopping nightmare if you aren't prepared. Where are the best deals, and what is the best way to find those deals while on the go? Enter ShopSavvy.
Hard to believe it’s been a year since Windows Phone 7 was launched in the US. Microsoft’s partners certainly haven’t been releasing new devices at an Android-like pace, but there are several new devices launching with Mango on both AT&T and T-Mobile. In addition to all of the new features that Mango brings to existing hardware there are some additional upgrades you will only notice if using one of these newly launched devices. One of the most welcome upgrades is support for front-facing cameras. We have to admit that we are rather surprised that the first video-calling app for Windows Phone isn’t Skype, but Tango for Windows Phone definitely brings some attractive functionality to the platform.
Music lovers are funny creatures. We have this desire to own every track from a specific artist or group, but we also like variety, making collecting music an expensive hobby. Maintaining access to your entire music collection when you aren’t at home is also an issue. Services like Pandora and Slacker Radio have helped with this conundrum to some extent, allowing us to listen to a variety of music based on our likes and dislikes, but these services don’t provide the level of control you get from a large music library.
With one of the primary features of Windows Phone 7 being the myriad ways it integrates with Facebook it may seem redundant to offer an app dedicated to the social network. For Facebook die-hards though, sometimes you just need to dive into the service to tackle all of the aspects and features you are used to having available.
Facebook for Windows Phone received some interesting new features this week that make use of some of the new capabilities in Mango, and make it an extremely powerful tool for those looking to stay connected to their network while mobile.