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Nokia Lumia 530 announced, available for under £70

Microsoft owned mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled its new low cost mobile phone – the Nokia Lumia 530, running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Operating System.

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It is said to cost 85 Euros before taxes and subsidies, which is around £67, and it is expected to be available in August.

This handset replaces the best-selling Nokia Lumia 520, which had 30 per cent Windows Phone market share – at the end of last year.

Nokia’s Lumia 530 still comes with a 4-inch screen, changed from a TFT to an IPS LCD version.

Processing power has been upped from dual-core to a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU.

There is also microSD card support, up to 128GB - plus 4GB of internal storage, with 512MB of RAM.

On the rear, is still a 5-megapixel camera, with a range of interchangeable shells – in colours such as bright orange, bright green, plus dark grey and white.

Running the Lumia 530 is the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS, with its one-swipe notifications called Action Centre.

Built-in is also a Swype-esque Wordflow keyboard, and the Siri-like personal assistantCortana – soon to be hitting the UK.

“We are moving quickly to help more people experience the uncompromised Lumia technologies, third party apps, and Microsoft services that we deliver on our flagship products,”, said Jo Harlow, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices Group.

“Lumia 530 underscores our commitment to making affordable smartphones for everyone, and introducing more people to the best of Microsoft.”

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS rolls out

Microsoft owned mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced the Lumia Cyan update is being deployed to Nokia handsets running Windows Phone 8.

Coming with this update is Windows Phone 8.1: the new update to the Microsoft mobile phone platform.

This builds in the Action Center, with its one swipe access to settings and notifications on the phone.

There is also the introduction of a third column of live titles on the home screen, once only a feature of the phablet – Nokia’s Lumia 1520.

It will also have a swipe-esque WordFlow keyboard, plus the personal assistant, Cortana.

The latter will be available in the USA first of all, where it is due to arrive in the UK at a later date.

Microsoft has enhanced the camera experience, with better access to pics, editing them and sharing.

This OS also allows the installing of apps to a microSD card, where the phone supports it, and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio recording – in the 1520 and new, Nokia Lumia 930.

Microsoft Devices has said that it expects the update to be available to the full range of devices in the coming weeks, where it is starting with the 920 and 625 – in the UK.

Nokia Lumia 930 available 17th July, deals from £33 a month

Microsoft owned mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled that its new flagship Nokia Lumia 930 mobile phone will be available to buy on the 17th of July, from £33 a month.

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Accompanying this, for the first two weeks, will be a gift bundle worth £130.

It contains an additional wireless charger for recharging on the go (plus the version in the retail box); the Nokia Bluetooth Mini MD-12 speaker, and a voucher for £20 of free apps from the Windows store.

Nokia has said its first high-end phone to run Microsofts’ Windows Phone 8.1 will be available with Vodafone, EE, Phones4U, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Tesco and Amazon.

These will be in the colours of bright orange, bright green and black – where Phones4u will exclusively be stocking the white edition.

This is for a phone that has a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 screen, with a 441 PPI and good outdoor readability, thanks to Nokia’s ClearBlack display tech.

It is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

On the rear is a 20-megapixel camera, with optical image stabilisation and ZEISS optics.

There is also the SensorCore tech built-in, with its low-power motion sensor, aiding in tracking activities, with minimal power use.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings in the Action Centre notifications to the OS, along with the voice activated personal assistant Cortana - due to arrive at a later date.

Windows Phone to run Android apps

Seattle based software developer Microsoft is said to be seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on its Windows operating systems – both desktop and mobile phone.

This information comes from sources familiar with Microsofts’ plans, according to The Verge.

That would match BlackBerry’s 10 OS offering, where Google Play APKs can be side loaded very easily, to the likes of the BlackBerry Z30 handset – running the latest version of the platform.

The companys’ plans are noted to be in the early stages, but an insider said Microsoft is in favour of the idea of enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone stores.

Others, are said to believe it could lead to the death of the Windows Platform, altogether.

The title added that the mixed (and strong) feelings internally, highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

This could be an alternative to the company’s alleged plans to want a dual booting Windows Phone/Android handset.

Omio reported that Microsoft had approached HTC with this request, possibly to try and increase the footprint of Windows Phone.

That was in October last year, although we haven’t heard any more about this.

It could still be early days, where if any of these were to happen, it wouldn’t be anytime soon

Windows Phone 8.1 passes certification

Seattle based software developer Microsoft has had its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system appear on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group website, ahead of its release.

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The supposed upcoming operating system has passed Bluetooth 4.0 certification.

This is all before it is rolled out to new and possibly existing, Windows Phone mobiles.

NokiaPowerUser has covered this, noting that the platform is expected to be released to manufacturers in March.

This is where developers can get hold of it in April, and users, May.

Not a great deal can be gleaned from the information on Bluetooth SIG, but it has already made an appearance in other leaks.

That is on the alleged smaller version of the Nokia Lumia 1520, within the about screen of the handset.

Windows Phone 8.1 is also said to have its own notification centre, plus a personal assistant.

The latter would be how Apple’s Siri, or Google Now, works.

The notification aspect to the OS is noted to be accessible by long swipe, from the top of the screen.

We have also published a supposed image of the lock screen settings, showing how notifications could be customised.

Microsoft’s next-gen mobile phone has also seen the on-screen controls, leaked.

This is with its in-display based back, home button and search functionality – placing it on par with Android.

Sony making a Windows Phone handset, according to even more sources

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Formerly Sony Ericsson, now Sony Mobile is reportedly going down the Microsoft OS route, for the first time, in a number of years.

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Sony is said to be considering launching a Windows Phone 8 mobile phone, as soon as mid-2014.

The publication, The Information, has reported on this – citing a person involved in the talks.

It also credits another, who was briefed on the device.

That could mean that a prototype is already in production, with the timescale indicated that it might be announced soon.

There are two likely platforms for its unveiling: Las Vegas’ CES, starting next week, or Mobile World Congress.

The latter is held at the end of February, where Sony might have a bigger impact – announcing it then.

The title notes this news comes as Microsoft is making new moves to attract other partners, such as China-based ZTE.

It also states that there are possible incentives for potential Windows Phone handset makers, which include slashing the software licensing fees.

Sony has been noticeably absent from the Windows Phone market, missing both Windows 7 and Windows 8 iterations.

Its last Microsoft mobile OS based device was the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, from early 2010, running Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional.

Via: The Verge

UPDATE:

Digitimes cites  industry sources, in that Sony Mobile Communications has decided to launch Windows Phone 8-based smartphones, while concentrating its R&D efforts on Android and Firefox models.

Windows Phone users get 20GB, free

Seattle based software developer Microsoft has announced that it is giving away SkyDrive storage, to the tune of 20GB.

This is for Windows Phone customers, where this amount is being gifted – for the duration of a year.

It adds to the existing 7GB already provided, or 25GB, if you took SkyDrive, before it was reduced to the smaller amount.

WP customers are now being informed of the 20GB gift, through an email.

It notes: “To show our appreciation of Windows Phone customers, we are giving you an extra 20 GB of free SkyDrive storage for one year.”

SkyDrive is built into Windows Phone, said to be its personal online storage, which you can access – along with photos and files saved – at SkyDrive.com, from any Internet-enabled device, and through the SkyDrive mobile app.

There is a link accessible through the email, which adds 20GB to a SkyDrive account, with it appearing as a ‘Enthusiast bonus’, in the storage limit.

This isn’t as generous as the 200GB that has been given away with a Microsoft Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro tablet, but it is still a nice little Christmas gift.

However, it does need to be taken up, before the 31st of January 2014 (just in case you missed the missive, during the festive season).

Omio Mobile Phone News Weekly Newsletter – 16th December – 20th December 2013

The week began with Omio, reporting that Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS leaked, where Apple’s iOS 7.1 is to have a built-in car feature. Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra saw Android 4.3, rolled out. Samsung’s Galaxy Core Advance was announced, with 4.7-inch screen and dedicated hardware buttons. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is launching MWC 2014, with QHD screen and Iris scanner, and Windows Phone 8.1 is to have notification centre and Microsoft’s own Siri.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia cancels Android plans and Illusionist tablet, where Nokia Camera app came to all Lumia mobile phones. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store now has 200,000 apps, and Samsung Smartphone GamePad for mobiles, is coming to the UK. The EE network is to allow 4G roaming, for American travellers.

Midweek, the LG G Flex ‘flexible’ mobile phone came to 4G EE. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in pink, came exclusively to Phones 4u, and Windows Phone 8.1 screen shot leaked, showing lock screen notifications. Amazon’s mobile phone is arriving before end of June, 2014.

Towards the end of the week, HTC One gold version drops £2,750 price tag – where it became available for £29 a month. Sky Go became available for Windows Phone 8, and mobile phones can now be used during take-off and landing, on flights in the UK. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are to get KitKat, in January. A Samsung AMOLED 10.5-inch tablet is being announced at CES, and the Nokia ‘Moneypenny’ mobile phone is to be called Nokia Lumia 630/635

At the end of the week, Motorola’s Moto G Android KitKat rolled out – in the USA only; UK, still on track for January. The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925 ‘Lumia Black’ update rolled out, and the HTC One mini is to get Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5, in the UK. BlackBerry’s is switching to Apple iPhone maker, and Samsung releasing four new tablets – Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

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The biggest story of the week came from Nokia, where it has reportedly scrapped its supposedly named Nokia Lumia 2020 Windows RT tablet, along with its plans for using the Android OS.

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The next most significant piece was when Samsung saw more info leaked about its purportedly named Samsung Galaxy S5, including display resolution, features and its announcement date.

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The third largest news item came from British Airways, in removing the restrictions of no electronic device powered on, at the start, and end of flights.

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The following most significant story was Microsoft seeing some more details appear online, of its rumoured Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system  – following on from the news of the on-screen touch button article.

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The fifth biggest piece was when 4G EE network and umbrella company, revealed that UK consumers will be able to try out the LG G Flex, flexible, handset in select stores – from the 20th of December, ahead of its release, next year.

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The next most significant news came from Apple seeing aspects of its next mobile device operating system appear online, said to enhance its existing products.

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The seventh largest story was Samsung having another source confirm that its two lead, flagship, Samsung mobile phones are getting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system – next month.

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The following most significant item came from Amazon seeing some details outed about the supposed Amazon handset, including arrival date and parts.

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The penultimate piece of news was when Nokia supposedly saw details emerge of a new phone, in its actual product name and number: the Nokia Lumia 630/635.

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Lastly, 4G EE mobile phone network has unveiled it is allowing USA network AT&T customers to use its UK network, with 4G mobile broadband speeds.

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Sky Go comes to Windows Phone 8 – now available

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Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled the Sky Go application will be available for all its Nokia Lumia devices, from mid-December.

This is currently, only in Italy.

Omio has contacted Nokia UK, in regards to this coming to our shores – where we have received the following response:

“We are working closely with the Sky team in several other countries to ensure the app will be available to Lumia consumers around the world“

Sky UK has said to us – “We will continue to monitor the marketplace and should we see an uptake by our customers of Windows phones [we] will explore support”

The Windows Phone Sky Go app, allows users to view 30 pay-TV channels, on the go.

It is set to extend Sky Italia 1.9 million possibly subscriber user base, already using iOS and Android  platforms.

“Sky Go on the Windows Phone 8 platform is a world exclusive for Italy and a true Christmas present for our customers,” said Paola Cavallero, General Manager, Nokia Italia.

Remo Tebaldi, Customer & Product Marketing Manager Sky, commented, “We are pleased with this important agreement thanks to which Sky Go for the first time in the world will be making its debut on Nokia Lumia smartphones and the Windows Phone 8 platform,”

UPDATE:

The Sky Go app has now been released in the Windows Phone app repository, notes Windows Phone Central.

This is only in Italy, where Sky UK has now said to us - “Should we see a significant proportion who have Windows Phones we will look to add support” – fingers crossed, it’s coming to the UK soon.

Windows Phone 8.1 screen shot leaks, showing lock screen notifications

Seattle based software developer Microsoft has apparently seen an image appear online of the next version of Windows Phone, noted to be 8.1.

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This is supposedly of the lock screen settings, said to be coming to the OS.

Our lead image shows quick access, customisable settings, can be enabled.

It is also thought that notifications can be turned on, and off, for individual apps.

This won’t affect the Live tile functionality, states WMPoweruser.

Also mentioned are banner notifications, although it isn’t sure what this functionality is.

That title has been sent the shot by an anonymous tipster, of a feature that is thought to be one of the platform’s biggest features.

Others are believed to be the drop down, quick access settings’ menu.

There is also noted to be a Siri-esque personal assistant, said to operate a similar way to Google Now.

The update is rumoured to be first aired at a Microsoft conference, in April.

It is then presumably, coming to handsets, soon after that.

We have already written about Nokia planning phones, featuring this version of the operating system.

Speculation has it, these go under the codenames of Nokia Moneypenny and Nokia Goldfinger.