Angry Birds Star Wars coming to Windows Phone on November 8th

Angry Birds developer Rovio hasn’t been a big supporter of the Windows Phone in the past. The original Angry Birds release took ages to see the light of the day, has only been updated once (and still doesn’t support fast application switching..) and none of the sequel or other versions have ever been ported to Microsoft’s mobile platform. Thankfully things are about to change (thanks to Nokia) with the upcoming release of Angry Birds Star Wars on November 8th (alongside the iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Win8 version). Check out the teaser video and press release after the break:

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Windows Phone 8 finally hits RTM

After a slight delay Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has finally hit RTM status yesterday has you can see in the picture posted above showing Microsoft VP Terry Myerson signing on the big WP8 RTM billboard alongside other developers. Windows Phone 7 originally passed RTM on September 1st 2010 with devices hitting retail in November, while Mango hit RTM on July 27th 2011 with device shipping in October. If past history is any indication it’s obviously going to be a little be tricky for the OEMs and carriers to get the first batch of devices on the market before November at the earliest. The latest whisper on the streets are still pointing to an early November launch for the Nokia Lumia 920 though…

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Windows 8 syncing companion application for Windows Phone 8 screenshot

Once again, Microsoft’s undercover PR agency aka The Verge has released some brand new info about one of its upcoming products. This time it is the first screenshot of the soon to be released Windows 8 companion application for Windows Phone 8 which will finally replace the soon to be defunct Zune software and allow user to sync content between their Windows Phone 8 ( and WP7?) and Windows 8 (and also Windows 7 via a desktop version of this app..) PC.

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Windows Phone 8 launching October 29th

Nothing is official yet but according to Mary Joe Foley’s own sources Microsoft is set to commercially launch Windows Phone 8 on October 29th just three days after Windows 8. Technically we may have to wait a few more days after the launch event until we start to see the first Windows Phone 8 devices hit retail and carrier stores around the world. Remember that MJ’s sources are often right so October 29th may very well be the real deal.

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Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset launching on Verizon this year

According to sources close to Bloomberg, Verizon is set to start selling a Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset later this year. The particular device will most probably be unveiled on September 5 in NYC during the Nokia / Microsoft press event which will be live streamed on the web. What is not yet known is if this device will be the higher end model or something less exciting (with AT&T retaining the exclusivity on the top end Nokia SKU).

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Nokia to announce it’s Windows Phone 8 handsets on September 5th

Nokia has just started to sent invitations to the US press for a September 5th launch event in New York City for what is expected to be the company’s unveiling of its Windows Phone 8 handsets (notice the WP8 start screen above..). Given that the event will start at 9:30 AM in NYC it’s safe to assume and similar launch events will take place in other regions at the same time (in the afternoon here in Europe). I will try to ping Nokia EU to see if there’s anything scheduled not far from me as I’m sure that you ‘ll can’t wait to see what the Finnish company has planned for WP8.

UPDATE: Nokia just told me that the there’s currently no other press event scheduled in other regions but that the NYC event will be streamed live on the web. Don’t forget to set your alarms and calendars.

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New Windows Phone 8 Features detailed

I just took a quick tour of the Windows Phone 8 emulator bundled in the Windows Phone 8 Developer Preview SDK that leaked just a few hours ago and decided to take some screenshot to show you some of the new UI tweaks and Features implemented in Apollo. Beware that there’s a lot of images after the break and not a whole lot of text (just a few lines to describe what’s on the screen). So just hit the break to see what Microsoft has been cooking for this fall release and some nice features that have been long overdue.

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Windows Phone 8 Application platform detailed

The relatively big news today is the sudden appearance of the soon to be released Windows Phone 8 Developer Preview SDK which has leaked a few hours ago via Microsoft’s own password protected servers. Instead of making tons of posts detailing every single feature of the OS simply to generate hits I’m going to provide you with the detailed overview of the Windows Phone 8 application platform which I’m going to copy and paste (from the SDK) below after the break for those of you who aren’t able to get their hands of the Docs or the full SDK package. I’m also currently installing the full 1.3Gb Binaries on by Windows 8 desktop (important note: The WP8 Preview SDK is only compatible with the Windows 8 X64 Release Preview) and will make another post later on detailing the emulator. UPDATE: My WP8 Emulator overview is here.

The following document will go into details comparing Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT (hint: there are some important differences), The Direct3D feature set supported by the OS, the built-in Native Nokia Maps implementation, Camera features, NFC features Native code and XAML support. So just head over to the break to check it all out:

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Nokia Drive 3.0 for Windows Phone released

Nokia Drive 3.0 for the Lumia Windows Phone handsets has just been released to the marketplace a few hours ago. Those of you who took the time to read the user manual a little while ago should already what’s included in this newest release:

• Find your way with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance
• Track your location, speed, and the distance driven, even if not navigating
• Preload maps before traveling and use Nokia Drive offline to save data costs
• Save your most-used destinations to your phone
• Get a warning when you exceed the speed limit
• Get real-time info on traffic incidents and conditions on your daily routes using
my commute

Unfortunately the My Commute feature doesn’t work in some countries yet (only works in the US right now..lame) which is really disappointing given that real time traffic data is now supported nearly worldwide in Bing Maps and Nokia Maps. You can grab it directly from the Nokia Collection in the marketplace or by hitting this link with your Lumia phone or scan the QRCode after the break:

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7 Million Lumia phones sold since launch and only 600 000 in the US. Call Windows Phone 8 to the rescue

Windows Phone 8 can’t come soon enough for Nokia given that the company has announced today in its Q2 2012 earnings financial earnings that only 4 Million Lumia handsets have been sold world in the last 3 months in addition to the 3 millions already sold since November. What’s more worrying though is that only 600 000 have been sold in the US despite the gigantic marketing campaign that helped launch the Lumia 900.

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Nokia Drive 3.0 user manual released

If you can’t wait to get you hands on the soon to be released Nokia Drive navigation app for your Lumia Windows Phone you can at least take a look at its user manual which was recently uploaded to Nokia’s servers. The PDF covers all the new features which are going to be introduced in this newest version: Commute, live traffic info, save & view places and automatic switching between day and night mode:

• Find your way with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance
• Track your location, speed, and the distance driven, even if not navigating
• Preload maps before travelling and use Nokia Drive offline to save data costs
• Save your most-used destinations to your phone
• Get a warning when you exceed the speed limit
• Get real-time info on traffic incidents and conditions on your daily routes using
my commute

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Nokia Camera Extras and Nokia Play To released for Lumia handsets

As promised earlier this week Nokia has finally officially released the Nokia Camera Extras and Nokia Play To application for the Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 handsets. I’ve already covered the Camera Extras application in previous post so just head over after the break to see the features in action. Unfortunately there’s nothing really earth-shattering knowing that those extensions are basically implemented via an application and not part of the native camera app (OEMs can’t modified it in WP7.X). Because of this the new extensions are not available to the user if the camera is launched while the phone is locked. There are also performance issues which I guess are related to the rather “old”  SoC powering the phone and the panorama tech appears to be half broken on my Lumia 800′s (waiting for the Tango update on June 27th to see if it changes anything to the sensors accuracy).

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Nokia Drive to be available on all Windows Phone 8 phones. No longer exclusive to Nokia’s

Here’s a surprising piece of news that flew under my radar yesterday: Nokia Drive will no longer be exclusive to Nokia Lumia handsets on Windows Phone 8 and be made available to all other platform partners (OEMs) which means that HTC, Samsung and Huawei handsets will feature it too. Some may see this news as one less reason to get a Nokia Lumia handset but if you look at the big picture here the point of this move is to push the whole ecosystem further as it was announced back when the Microsoft Nokia deal was signed. Remember that every Android smartphone has turn-by-turn driving navigation for free and with WP8 Microsoft will have a similar offering. Windows Phone 8 will also integrate Nokia Maps as the native mapping service in Windows Phone 8.

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Nokia supporting Windows Phone 7 Lumia phones with new features and apps

Nokia is about to release a bunch of new (or not so new) application and updates in the coming days for its line of Lumia handsets as a way to appease current owners who may feel shafted by the fact that their handset won’t be upgradable to Windows Phone 8 but will instead get Windows Phone 7.8 which should include several unannounced features besides the new WP8 start screen.

Nokia Play To which was released as a beta a little while ago should hit the marketplace fairly soon while Nokia Drive 3.0 is set to be released this summer. The much anticipated Camera Extra features will be made available in June/July depending on your region.

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Windows Phone 8 unveiled: Features and specifications

Microsoft just took the wraps off Windows Phone 8 today during the Windows Phone Summit in San Fransisco. As you probably be know by now current Windows Phone 7.X handset won’t be upgradable to WP8 but will instead receive Windows Phone 7.8 and you will understand why in a shot while after getting a small glimpse at what Apollo will bring to the table later this fall.

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Windows Phone 8 to launch this fall with only four OEMs: Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Huawei all powered by Qualcomm

What I have been predicting for more than a year has finally been confirmed today when Microsoft announced that all the future Windows Phone 8 handsets launching this fall will be powered by Qualcomm‘s SnapDragon S4 Plus / MSM8930 or MSM8960 SoC with the Adreno 225 or Adreno 305 GPU, which seems to once again be the only certified chipset partner for the platform. What is more surprising though is that only four OEMs are on board this time around: Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Huawei. The rest are ..well..nowhere to been seen and frankly we shouldn’t care given the total lack of creativity and effort that was demonstrated in the past. For more Windows Phone features info hit the link after the break.

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No Windows Phone 8 upgrade to current Windows Phone 7 handsets: Windows Phone 7.8 unveiled

Microsoft has unfortunately just announced that none of the Windows Phone 7.X handset currently available will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8. Nope, never, nada, zip… Instead Microsoft is announcing Windows Phone 7.8 which will be a free update that will be pushed ALL Windows Phone handsets bypassing carriers (and downloadable via WiFi) that will will simply add the new Windows Phone 8 start screen to all “legacy” WP7 handsets. Other WP8 features which are not hardware dependent may or may not be part of WP7.8 (Nothing has been officially announced yet). That’s it folks there’s nothing else to say here. That shiny Nokia Lumia 900 you got last week will be stuck forever with the Windows CE based WP7.X platform. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts (or anger..).

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Windows Phone 8 screenshots leaked

They are indeed really small and blurry but do look like the real deal. A handful of Windows Phone 8 screenshots have apparently leaked earlier today ahead of the June 20th unveiling. So let’s take a closer look at what we’ve got here.

The first screenshot you see above is the DataSmart functionality which was discuss by Joe Belfiore in an internal Nokia video a few months ago that Pocketnow had in its possession. This will allow user to track their cellular/Wifi data usage per app and per service.

This screenshot shows the video call integration in the Windows Phone 8 without the need of any thrid party application like Tango for example. Skype and the soon to be launched RCS-e standard:
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The Dark Knight Rises official Windows Phone application released exclusively on Nokia Lumia handsets

If you are a Batman fan eagerly waiting for the theater release of Christopher Nolan’s final chapter of the Dark Knight trilogy then you better have a Nokia Lumia handset because the official application of Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises movie has been released on the Windows phone Marketplace exclusively for Nokia users. The app features”exclusive” content a location based, Foursquare powered challenge game and many more goodies related to the DC Comics super hero. Simply hit this link with your Nokia Windows phone or head over to the Nokia Collection section of the Marketplace to grab it.

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