AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 release to be the carrier’s biggest product launch ever

Get ready for a huge marketing blitz next week for the Nokia Lumia 900 arrival in the US as AT&T is stating that this will be their biggest product launch ever (yes bigger than the iPhone apparently..). Starting next week and during the whole month of April US citizens will be bombarded by TV ads from AT&T and Nokia, premier in-stores placement for the product which will also supposedly be in the hands of all AT&T stores employes who have been trained to sell the device (Nokia and Microsoft payed AT&T quite a bit of money for this one..).

“At all levels, this is a notch above anything we’ve ever done,” AT&T device head Jeff Bradley[...]“Before you walk in to the store, you know this is our hero phone,”

The $99.99 price will also make the Nokia Lumia 900 the most affordable Flagship product that AT&T has ever introduced and also the cheapest LTE handset. The Lumia 900 will launch on April 8th in Black and Cyan alongside that HTC Titan II ($199.99) followed by the White variant later on April 22th. Now if this device isn’t eligible for a Windows Phone 8 upgrade later this year there’s going to be a whole lot of angry people…

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Nokia Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 UPDATE availability detailed by country

Nokia just put up a website detailing the Nokia Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 roll out schedule for each country and operator, similar to the now defunct where’s my update page that Microsoft put up last year for the Pre-NoDo, NoDo and Mango update roll-outs. If you still haven’t done it manually (instructions here) simply hit the source link below and choose you country/region to see when the update is going to be pushed to your particular handset.

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 launching on April 8 for $100

The much anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 will finally be hit the US streets on April 8th for $99.99 with a 2 year contract on AT&T (was initially supposed to launch on March 18). The super_low price tag will surely help the Finnish company get a foothold in the US mobile market and also boost Microsoft’s Windows Phone marketshare and visibility. Quick reminder for those of you who haven’t been following all along; the Lumia 900 sport the same 8Mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics as the Lumia 800, the same polycarbonate uni-body but features a Super AMOLED + 4.3″ WVGA display and a Gyroscope (which isn’t present on the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710) and an Qualcomm MDM9200 LTE multi-modem chip associated with APQ8055 Snapdragon S2. So, Who’s getting one ?

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Angry Birds Space coming to Windows Phone 7

Despite earlier reports the recently released Angry Birds Space is indeed coming to Windows Phone 7 according to Rovio’s CEO Mikael Hed.:

“We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7,”
“We are working closely together with Nokia to bring our games to their platforms,” Hed said. “Our mutual goal is to bring the best possible experience to our fans, including all fans using Windows Phone devices.”

There’s obviously no launch date yet but WP7 fans should now be happy to know that there’s favorite time wasting game may get a sequel in the not so distant Future. Frankly it would have been surprising to not see it coming to Windows Phone given that:

- The original was already ported last year (so the development framework was already done)
- Rovio is a Finnish company…like Nokia
- Microsoft has truckloads of money..

Source: reuters

Nokia Lumia Play To DLNA Beta application released

Remember the DLNA drivers I found in one of the earlier Nokia Lumia 800 firwmare? Well they are now put to good use it via the recently released Nokia Play To Beta DLNA application which will allow Nokia Lumia owners to stream their handset’s multimedia content to any DLNA compatible receiver (Windows Vista/7/8 PC, TV etc). The Current Beta version doesn’t support Music streaming yet but this should be available in the official release later down the road. Just hit the source link to register to the Nokia Beta program or simply scan the QRCode below after the break to install it on your Nokia Lumia Windows Phone.

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PES 2012 For Windows Phone 7 released

Konami’s PES 2012 for Windows Phone 7 has just been released as the XBOX Live game of the week . Now those of you who have been following Microsoft’ mobile OS for a little while may remember that PES 2011 was also available on the platform (hands-on video) but then suddenly disappeared not long ago. If you bought last year’s iteration of the game it’s now safe to say that you have been ripped off given that you cant download it anymore and that you will have to buy the 2012 edition instead if you really what to have a decent football/soccer game on your phone. To make things worst; this new edition is nearly identical to the previous one (besides the 2012 teams and menu background). As a matter fact just check ou the description below and compare to the previous one here:

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Nokia Drive 2.0 With offline navigation and Updated Nokia Maps released

Nokia has finally released the much anticipated 2.0 version of Nokia Drive for it’s Windows Phone line of Lumia handsets today which includes Offline navigation, speed alerts, on the fly rerouting and multiple routes suggestion. This update essentially fixes every single issue I had with the initial version. The dashboard has also been updated to display the time until arrival for example. I just got my hands on it and will shoot a short hands on video in the coming hours so make sure to come back here.

Nokia Transport aka Nokia Transit is also out of beta (hands-on video) and available right now in the marketplace.

Nokia Maps has also been update with several new features and enhancement which I will cover shortly once I finish playing with Nokia drive. UPDATE: Live traffic is available in the following countries: USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Belgium, Russia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, India and UAE. Unfortunately this feature isn’t present in Nokia Drive 2.0. You can grab both apps directly from the Nokia Collections section of the Windows Phone marketplace.

Nokia Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 update rolling out worldwide

Those of you patiently waiting for the PR1.2 / 12070 update to be rolled out to their Nokia Lumia 800 handsets should be happy to learn that it’s has finally hit Europe and the US as I’m getting reports that carrier and non carrier branded handset are receiving the update notification. As a reminder here’s what new in the PR 1.2 firmware and if you can’t wait anymore you can simply update you handset manually by following the instructions I posted here. Also note that this firmware introduces an annoying audio volume bug (sound level is totally buggy when there are more than one audio channel being played at the same time among other things) that should hopefully be fixed in an upcoming update which will also include an updated camera app (with an integrated panorama feature similar to the one found in the Creative Studio app)

Nokia releases Creative Studio picture editing application for Lumia Windows Phones

Nokia has just released a new picture editing application for their range of Lumia Windows Phone handset named creative Studio and available right now in the marketplace. Besides edition pictures this app will also let you shoot panoramas with the use of the devices sensors (make sure to calibrate your compass before attempting to use this feature though).

Creative studio is somewhat reminiscent of Samsung’s FunShot Windows Phone application which was released last year. Both feature live effects in the viewfinder and other goodies (cropping, sharpening, exopsure etc..) but Nokia’s application is miles better in terms of overall usage and workflow though. Nokia Creative Studio is also fully integrated with the OS so you can simply browse your Picture Hub select an image and then open it in the app from there. Just hit the marketplace to try it out now and hit the break for more pictures.

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Nokia design chief confirms Windows 8 tablet and next UX breakthrough in Phones

Nokia’s design chief Marko Ahtisaari today confirmed to the Finnish Magazine Kauppalehti Optiossa that a third of his time was spend working on the company’s upcoming tablet which is rumored to be a Snapdragon S4 powered 10inch Windows 8 ARM Slate and that work is also done on an mysterious UX breakthrough for their upcoming Windows Phones. I unfortunately don’t have access to the print version of the paper but if anyone can send me a scan of it or maybe highlights o the whole interview it would really be appreciated.

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World record video wall made of 144 Windows Phones

Here’s a not so serious news blurb about a neat looking project which involves a whole lot of Windows Phones. Finnish company Symbio decided to break the Blinkendroids “largest animated mobile phone mosaic” (72 phones) with 144 Window Phone handset (mainly HTC Trophy 7 and LG Optimus 7 devices) all controlled by a 145th Windows Phone via WiFi at Microsoft’s TechDays 2012 event in Helsinki. Here’s what Jani Nevalainen, the project instigator, describes it:

We did it with 144 client WP phones, which were actually old work phones from Microsoft Finland, mainly HTC Trophy and LG Optimus 7 – not a single Lumia was used. They lend them for us to try this when they heard our idea of trying to connect as many WP phones as possible together. One phone (144+1, so actually we used 145 phones) was giving sync signals to all client phones and telling them when to change and to what the display image. The client could show videos and still pictures. There was a laptop running http server, and initially when first time run, they downloaded the content from there, but after that no longer required the http server at all. The record it broke was Blinkendroids “largest animated mobile phone mosaic”, which is currently (officially 72, unofficial is 112 or so).

The team was one coder and two guys creating the videos and two guys who built the stand and drilled holes for chargers.

Chek out the whole thing in action after the break

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Nokia Windows 8 tablet rumored to ship later this year powered by Qualcomm

If you have been paying close attention to Stephen Elop recent interviews there’s no doubt that Nokia will introduced a windows 8 tablet at some point in the future. This may very well at the end of the year to align with the OS launch (and probably also Windows Phone 8). According to the latest rumors the 10inch screen device will be powered by a Dual-Core Qualcomm SoC Which will probably be the Snapdragon S4 Pro (with the Adreno 320 GPU) and will ship in Q4 2012. Nokia is also said to have commissioned Compal again to built 200 000 of those devices (similar to how Compal help manufacture the Lumia 800).

Small question to all my readers: Are you ready to sacrifice backwards compatibility and choose a Windows On ARM Tablet or will you prefer a X86 Windows 8 powered Slate?

Update: Forgot to say that I curentlyown a SAmung Slate 7 with the W8 CP running on it. Best of both words (CoreI5, Wacom Pen digitizer etc..) but battery life is deffinitly far from iPad standards. On the plus side: it totaly destroys any competing IOS or Android tablet on the market (or even the Tegra3/SanpdragonS4 powered ones in terms of performance.

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Nokia Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 update officially announced: Change Log

Nokia has finally made the Lumia 800 PR 1.2 1600.2487.8107.12070 update official today and has announced the roll out of the update (which has already started yesterday). The company ha also released the update’s change log as you can see below:

As this is not a mandatory software update, not every country or network carrier will make it available to their customers. However, all features and enhancements will be included in subsequent software updates. If you have questions if 1600.2487.8107.12070 will be available for you, please check with your local network carrier.

• Enhanced battery standby and talk time performance
• Battery capacity icon instead of question mark on top right of screen
• Improved bass in audio performance
• Soft-key illumination at all brightness levels
• Fixes for device performance issues including self-reboots, freezes and call-ending

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Nokia Lumia 800 1600.2487.8107.12070 update roll-out has started in some countries

I’m getting user reports that the 1600.2487.8107.12070 firmware update for the Nokia Lumia 800 is currently being pushed out to uses in Singapore and India. Keep in mind that nothing has been officially announced yet (and that those operators may have jumped the gun a little bit) but my guess is that it should officially be pushed out worldwide in the coming days / weeks. UPDATE: Nokia is telling me that some regions may be getting it faster than others but that everything is done to get it out everywhere so sit tight and be patient. For more info about this firmware please refer to my previous exclusive report here.

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Nokia Transport Beta for Windows Phone 7 released: Hands on video

The beta version of Nokia Transport for the company’s Lumia line of Windows Phone has been released 2 days ago and is freely available to download as long as you have a compatible handset (Lumia 800, Lumia 900, Lumia 710 or Lumia 610). The first thing you will have to do is register to the Nokia Beta Labs program (link after the break) and then install the application on your handset by scan the QRCode below. So what’s Nokia Transport ? Well, it’s a pretty handy application that packs local public transport information for 460 cities in 46 countries enabling you to get transit and commute directions all in one place. It also features the following:

-Easily find public transport stations/stops, addresses, and points of interest.
-Choose from multiple routes and follow the list of directions for buses, trams, underground, or trains.
-View earlier and later departure times to make smarter travel choices.
-Save favorite routes from different locations as a tile on your phone homescreen for instant access from anywhere.

Nokia Transport also integrates Nokia Maps to help you find your way when you are on foot. Check out my short hands on video after the break:

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Exclusive: New Nokia Lumia 800 firmware fixes most of the issues

Those of you who have been following me know that I’ve been testing for Nokia the upcoming Nokia Lumia 800 PR1.2 firmware for a little while. Nokia asked me to keep details about the new code confidential until its release but now that the cat is somewhat out of the bag (the firmware has already been pushed out to Nokia Care’s server and discovered by several folks) I’ll give you some more info about what you can expect in build 1600.2487.8107.12070 / PR1.2 :

- The Fast battery drain issue has been fixed
- The lack of audio Bass when listening through headsets has been fixed. There’s a whole lot of bass now..
- The auto-white balance issue with the camera has also been fixed
- The hardware buttons backlights are now always on at all screen brightness levels
- Diagnostics app has been changed to prevent users from getting misleading info about their device
- Focus Mode is now set to Normal by default in the camera app
- The jittery screen issue (bad grounding) has be reduced
- More stuff that I won’t talk about

So, just hold on to your Lumia 800 and don’t give up hope cause Nokia has been working hard on fixing most of the issues that have been plaguing the device since its launch.

UPDATE: Just got word from Nokia that you can expect the PR1.2 / 1600.2487.8107.12070 update to roll out very soon.
UPDATE 2: Just to be perfectly clear: There has been no official announcement yet for the date of availability. So just be a little bit patient.

UPDATE MARCH 9th: The FW is now being officially rolled out and you can manually update your device if you wish to do so. Just follow the instruction I posted here.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and regularly check back here for more info about Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets and future update info. The guys in Finland aren’t joking and really want to see their Windows Phones succeed.